Suspect in New Baltimore bank robbery arrested in Illinois

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-20 18:28:13-05

(WXYZ) — An 18-year-old suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in New Baltimore has been taken into custody in Illinois.

FBI Springfield tweeted that the Vermillion County Sheriff's Office arrested Jacob Edwards Friday afternoon.

Local officials were searching for Edwards of Macomb Township after a report of a possible armed robbery at Huntington Bank in New Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon. According to New Baltimore police, a weapon was implied during the robbery but not seen.

He then took off in a car and fled from law enforcement. Police asked people not to approach him, saying that he was believed to be armed and dangerous.

Thursday evening, Edwards stole a truck in Lafayette, Indiana, which led to a police chase. He crashed the car in Henning, Illinois and left on foot. Investigators said a firearm that belonged to the owner of the truck was missing and they believed Edwards had it in his possession.

The victim of the stolen car was helping Edwards after he had trouble with the vehicle he was in, Tippecanoe County deputies in Indiana said. While the victim reached under the disabled vehicle to hook it to a tow strap, the victim heard his car door open. The victim tried to stop Edwards from stealing the car and was punched by Edwards several times before he drove away in the car.

The victim fell and suffered several injuries including a disabled shoulder.

Around 3 a.m. Friday in Vermillion County, Illinois, police tried to stop the stolen truck and were led on a pursuit. That's when the car crashed and Edwards took off on foot. The truck was found.

Edwards was found Friday afternoon and taken into custody. He was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.